OUR VIEW: Giving Tuesday a great time to give back

Published 11:30 am Saturday, November 27, 2021

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There are always so many people in this community who give back during Thanksgiving week. The annual Thanksgiving dinner feeds a lot of people in LaGrange, and in West Point restaurants and community leaders again came together to cook hundreds of free meals for the community.

These types of events are a reminder of how great it is to live in a place like LaGrange and Troup County.

Thanksgiving is all about being grateful for the people we have in our lives and focusing on what truly matters. Some of us are spending this weekend shopping our legs off, probably buying gifts for those same people we ate a big meal with on Thursday.

And some will do the same on Monday, when online sales dominate the internet on Cyber Monday.

Most of us love to shop, especially when it’s for someone we love or care about, but it’s important to remember that there are people out there who are not as well-fortunate.

COVID-19 has impacted us all in one way or another, hurting families in this very community.

It’s fitting that one of the biggest days for giving back will be held Tuesday.

It’s called Giving Tuesday and kicks off the charitable season. This is the eighth year for Giving Tuesday, which was started in 2012. On Giving Tuesday, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised online to benefit organizations that people feel strongly about.

The Salvation Army always kicks off its fundraiser on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s not about just one organization, and there are plenty of worthy ones right here in Troup County.

If you have the ability to do so, we hope you’ll consider giving back this upcoming week. The holiday season is one of great joy for many of us, but there are many people in the world who could use a little bit of extra help, especially right now.

Giving Tuesday is a great reminder to do so.